Lufthansa’s new service to Frankfurt takes off from Liverpool John Lennon Airport, bringing the return of global connectivity for the city for the first time in over 10 years.
TV cameras spent over three months filming at Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA) earlier this year and this week sees the first broadcast of Channel 5’s ‘The Holiday Airport’ which follows families, friends and individuals who pass through the Airport on the way to their destinations.
The series commences at 8pm on Thursday 16th July on Channel 5 and also takes a behind-the-scenes look at the dedicated teams of employees whose mission it is to make sure that every holidaymaker’s journey is safe, speedy and a great experience.
Programme makers, Plimsoll Productions from Bristol first approached the Airport almost 12 months ago to explore the possibility of making the series at LJLA, having specifically chosen Liverpool because of its reputation as an airport where the holiday starts the moment you arrive. Airport Management subsequently agreed to give unique behind-the-scenes access to the film crew so that they would be able to share the day to day workings of life at the Airport with viewers.
Whilst employees from across a diverse range of organisations who work at the airport were filmed undertaking their daily duties that enable passengers to have a great start to their holiday, it was the more unusual activities that regularly take place at the airport that interested the programme makers too.
The seven part series will show how all manner of activities including a super car being tested on the airport taxiway, the opening of a new gym for airport employees, local school children attending an airport tour and playing tennis on the runway, is all in a day’s work for employees at ‘The Holiday Airport’.
Robin Tudor, Head of PR for Liverpool John Lennon Airport commented, “Passengers tell us what a great experience they have when travelling through the airport at the start of their holiday and I’m sure this series will help to capture and share this with viewers.
“It is the employees that work here who help to create this relaxed, friendly, hassle free environment, though most of their work goes on behind the scenes.
“The camera crew from the programme makers Plimsoll Productions were great to work with, really getting to know our employees across all the different aspects of the business.
“We hope that this series will give viewers the chance to discover just how much goes on the Airport. I think it’s fair to say that the programme makers were amazed to see all the other activities that go on over and above the day to day workings that help to make the passenger experience a great one, from looking after super car test runs on the taxiway to promotional tennis matches on the runway!”
A new service by PLAY airlines will connect Liverpool with Reykjavík and four eastern US cities.
A £2m investment is now underway to introduce new passenger facilities that will also create a further 200 jobs at the airport.